by Adam Armstrong

AWS Introduces AMD EPYC EC2 Instances

Today Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) announced new EC2 instances that leverage AMD EPYC processors. AWS is rolling EPYC version of its M5, T3, and R5 instances. The AMD versions will be about 10% less expensive and are ideal for a variety of workloads, such as microservices, low-latency interactive applications, small and medium databases, virtual desktops, development and test environments, code repositories, and business applications.

More and more use cases are being brought to the cloud. Once thought of as a bulk storage and backup, the cloud has been shown time and again to deliver various levels of performance for certain workloads. And if customers can avoid the initial costs of setting up on-prem, when they don’t need to, they are more than happy to leverage the various cloud offerings out there. While certain performance is a requirement, cost is always a concern. AWS is leveraging AMD EPYC CPUs in their instances to deliver performance needed for a lower cost.

AWS is offering its memory optimized (R5) and general purpose (M5 and T3) instances now featuring 2.5 GHz AMD EPYC processors. This results in a 10% costs savings. The costs savings is more attractive in the R5 instance where the AMD EPYC reduces the price per GB of memory while allowing users to run high performance databases, distributed web scale in-memory caches, mid-size in-memory databases, and real time big data analytics. AMD-based M5 and R5 instances are available in six sizes with up to 96 vCPUs and up to 768 GB of memory. AMD-based T3 instances will be available in 7 sizes with up to 8 vCPUs and 32 GB of memory.


AMD-based R5 and M5 instances are available now in US East (Ohio, N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Europe (Ireland), and Asia Pacific (Singapore) AWS Regions. The AMD-based T3 is expected to be available in the coming weeks. 


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